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Notarial Services

Notary Services at the Consulate General in Amsterdam are limited and available by appointment only. With the exception of the Affidavit of Civil Status, we only notarize documents for presentation in the United States. We do not provide notary services on an emergency, or walk-in basis and you must come with all documents properly prepared* for the notary to sign. 

The Affidavit of Civil Status is ONLY available to U.S. citizens.

Notary Services at the Consulate General in Amsterdam: 


So, please read the following instructions very carefully:

How to prepare for your visit to the Consulate General for a notarial service*:

    • Before you come to the Consulate General read your document(s) through carefully and make sure you understand the document(s). If a document is not clear check with the office or organization requiring the notarized document or your legal advisor. Consular staff cannot explain your document(s) to you. IMPORTANT: If your name is preprinted in your document, make sure it exactly matches the name in your identity document. A name discrepancy may prohibit the consular officer from notarizing your document.
    • Mark every page where the notary needs to sign, with a marker sticker sticking out on the right side of the document. Also make clear which pages should be attached to each other. E.g., if pages are marked 1 of 3, 2 of 3 and 3 of 3, clip them together with a paper clip. These pages will be grommeted together at the Conslulate.
    • Fill in the document(s) with the appropriate names, places and dates and other information. However, DO NOT SIGN your document(s). You will be asked sign under oath at the Consulate General, in front of the notary/consular officer.
    • Set up an appointment. See the box called "an appointment is required" on the right. (When on a mobile device scroll down to the bottom and click on 'full site' to get the appointment site link.)
    • Bring a valid government-issued photo ID. A passport is best. Make sure your name in your document exactly matches the name in your identity document.
    • Bring your entire document(s), even if only one page is to be notarized.
    • Witnesses - If your document requires witnesses in addition to the notary, you must bring these witnesses with you. Consular staff or other customers cannot serve as witnesses or help you find a witness. Witnesses cannot be relatives, and must present a passport to enter the Consulate. If you fail to bring your witness(es) we will ask you to make a new appointment. If your document has a space for a witness to sign but you did not bring one, you can either make a new appointment or let the Consulate General assume no witness is required and prepare the document as such. You can bring up to four persons, including witnesses, on one appointment.
    • The Notary Services fee must be paid in cash, euro or dollars, or by credit card. PIN payments cannot be processed. Click here to go to our consular services fees and payment instructions page.


      Please follow the above instructions very carefully. Again, if you come unprepared we may not be able to help you and you will need to set up an new appointment to visit the Consulate another time.

      Types of Notarials

      • Power of Attorney

      A power of attorney allows you to empower someone to act in your place. Blank Power of Attorney forms (PDF 27 KB) can be downloaded, or you may use one supplied to you by your attorney, bank or company. Please fill out the form before you come to our office, but DO NOT sign it in advance.

      • Affidavit

      An affidavit is a sworn statement, made by you. Using our blank form (PDF 73 KB), write out the statement you wish to make, but DO NOT sign it. We cannot advise you on the specific language needed in your Affidavit, please consult a lawyer or other legal advisor for that type of assistance before coming to us to notarize the document.

      • Affidavit of Civil Status (U.S. citizens only)

      For information and instructions for this service,click here.

      • Sworn Statement

      An administration of oath is used on documents that require a sworn affidavit (PDF 33 KB).

      • Acknowledgement of Execution

      An Acknowledgement of Execution (PDF 72 KB) is used for legal agreements, business documents, etc.  It is also used when more than two signatures are required, but not all of the parties who must sign the document are present. We can only acknowledge [notarize] the signatures of those present to sign the document in front of us and verify that they have signed the document.

      • Signature Guarantees

      We cannot help you with signature guarantees. Consular officers are not authorized to provide a signature guarantee/medallion guarantee service. A Medallion Signature Guarantee is not a notary service, but a special procedure related to securities, which can only be performed by an authorized representative of a financial institution participating in a medallion program approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

      The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may be contacted at

      • True Copy

      U.S. passports - A true copy can be made of your U.S. passport. Please make an appointment, bring your passport and the appropriate fee.

      Foreign passports - We can only make a true copy of a foreign passport if you must apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Please make an appointment, bring your passport and the appropriate fee. We CANNOT make true copies of foreign passports for any other purpose than in support of the ITIN application.

      • Saving Bonds

      When presenting U.S. Saving Bonds for notarization, please use the form available at: to prepare for your visit to the Consulate.

      Appointment Required!

      • You must set up your appointment through our U.S. Citizen Services appointment website.  Please download and fill out all required forms before coming to the Consulate. If you plan to pay for your service in cash, please try to bring exact change. Thank you.

        Click here to go to the appointments page.

        Should you have to cancel your appointment, click here.

        You can bring up to four persons, including witnesses, on one appointment.

        The Confirmation Print Out
        Upon completing setting up your appointment you will be asked to print the confirmation with your password. Alternatively you can write it down. You will not receive an e-mail confirmation.

        No Confirmation Sheet, no password?
        No problem and no need to contact us. You will be on our entry list for the day of your appointment. But should you have to cancel simply send us an e-mail at: and we will take care of it for you. You can then set up a new appointment at your convenience.

      On Dutch Notary Services

      Notarizations at a Dutch Notaris

      Notarial Services in The Netherlands are available from any Dutch notary (notaris). A Dutch notary can be found through:

      Dutch notaries can be located through the above mentioned website and the Dutch yellow pages under Notarissen. Documents notarized by a Dutch notaris must be subsequently affixed with an apostille to be valid in the United States (see our page on apostilles). The apostille can be obtained through the notaris or directly from the District Court. The notaris will advise which district court will provide the apostille. Fees for legalizations by notarissen vary depending on whether they will obtain the apostille as part of their service.

      Validity of an Apostille

      • Questions concerning the validity of the apostille may be directed

        In The Netherlands to:
        The Ministry of Justice
        2500 EH The Hague
        Phone (070) 370 7911

        In the United States to:
        Department of State
        Washington, DC 20520